The National Elections Commission (NEC) has suspended all dealings with the National Patriotic Party (NPP), due to the failure of the Cllr. Theophilus Gould’s leadership of the party to conduct a biennial convention to elect officials of the secretariat.
In a letter to Cllr. Gould, the Chairman of NEC, Cllr. Jerome Korkoya, said the NPP would not be permitted to participate in any and all activities organized, conducted or supervised by the Commission.
The letter further stated that the Commission will not permit the NPP under the Chairmanship of Cllr. Gould to attend any program of the Commission; and that the Commission will not honor any candidate listing endorsed by Cllr. Gould to contest any election(s) organized by the Commission.
The Commission noted that it has all authority to take further steps against the NPP in keeping with law.
The NEC believes that the failure of Chairman Gould to organize the biennial convention, at which elections for the secretariat of the NPP would be held as required by the Constitution of the Party, renders the secretariat illegitimate and its administrative control singularly illegitimate and incomplete.
The Commission says its decision to suspend all interactions with the NPP will remain in force until Chairman Gould submits to the Commission, evidence of full compliance with the decision of October 9, 2013, regarding the holding of a biennial convention to—among others things—elect a secretariat and other officers of the NPP.
The NPP’s secretariat election is overdue by 12 months.
It may be recalled that on October 9, this year, the Commission held a meeting with conflicting parties within the NPP, during which the leadership of Cllr. Gould was mandated to organize a biennial convention no later than November 15, 2013, and report on its proceedings to the Commission within a week. To date, that has not been complied with.